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Bring Close Up methodology directly into your classroom with our lesson plans, student activities, and debate structures.

A Comprehensive Approach to Teaching Current Issues 

Whether you’re teaching online or in the classroom, Close Up has a series of engaging lesson plans, student activities, and guided debate structures to help you facilitate civil discussion about current issues and help your students take real, effective action in their community. Many of our lessons seamlessly integrate our Controversial Issues in the News reading materials into classroom discussions and debates that are productive and engaging while offering multiple perspectives. 

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Democracy and Adversity, 1919-1945

ELA Unit | August 6, 2018

Experience the Jazz Age, the Great Depression and the New Deal, and the saga of World War II through the eyes and pens of some of America’s greatest writers and poets, from F. Scott Fitzgerald and Zora Neale Hurston to Ralph Ellison and Elie Wiesel. Help your students see a new perspective of critical moments […]


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